• coronavirus 11 hours ago

    Mass. COVID Hot Spots: 81 Communities Now in High-Risk Red Zone

    There are now 81 communities considered at the highest risk for transmitting the new coronavirus in Massachusetts, according to the latest weekly community-level data on the pandemic, which no longer includes an updated town-by-town COVID-19 risk assessment map. The total is almost 20 more than the 62 towns and cities in the report last week, which was itself nearly twice…

  • Massachusetts Nov 20

    CDC Urges Americans Not to Travel for Thanksgiving

    The CDC is urging everyone in the U.S. not to travel for Thanksgiving, a last-minute attempt to curb behaviors that could lead to a spike in coronavirus cases.

  • coronavirus Nov 20

    Mass. COVID Hot Spots: 62 Communities Now in High-Risk Red Zone

    There are now 62 communities considered at the highest risk for transmitting the new coronavirus in Massachusetts, according to the latest weekly community-level data on the pandemic, which no longer includes an updated town-by-town COVID-19 risk assessment map. The total is more than double the 30 towns and cities in the report last week, which was itself nearly twice the…

  • coronavirus Nov 13

    Mass. COVID Hot Spots: 30 Communities Now in High-Risk Red Zone

    There are now 30 communities considered at the highest risk for transmitting the new coronavirus in Massachusetts, according to the latest weekly community-level data on the pandemic, which no longer includes an updated town-by-town COVID-19 risk assessment map. The total is nearly double the 16 towns and cities in the report last week, which had dramatically fewer communities in the…

  • coronavirus Nov 11

    Gov. Baker Says Hospital Preparations for 2nd Mass. COVID Surge Are Underway

    An increase in the number of COVID-19 cases could force Massachusetts to once again open field hospitals to care for a possible overflow of patients as hospital intensive care units fill up, Gov. Charlie Baker warned Tuesday. Hospitals are also prepared to make an additional 400 beds available for COVID-19 patients by converting acute care beds to ICU beds to…

  • coronavirus Nov 9

    The Changes to Massachusetts' Town-by-Town Coronavirus Data, Explained

    Massachusetts last week rolled out changes to its color-coded coronavirus risk data, a move that shifted many communities out of the state’s highest-risk “red zone.” The changes led to a steep drop in the number of municipalities designated as “red,” from 121 to 16. Designation in the red category impacts a community’s ability to progress in the state’s phased...

  • coronavirus Nov 7

    These Are the 16 Communities in COVID Red Zone After Mass. Changes Its Weekly Report

    Massachusetts’ latest weekly community-level data on the coronavirus pandemic, which no longer includes an updated town-by-town COVID-19 risk assessment map, shows the 16 communities now considered at the highest risk for transmitting the virus. It’s a dramatic decrease from last week after a major change in how the state determines risk of coronavirus transmission. Last week there were 121 communities…

  • coronavirus Nov 7

    Mass. Town-by-Town COVID Map Changes Again, Leaving Far Fewer Communities in Red

    CORRECTION (Nov. 6, 2020, 5:15 p.m.): An earlier version of this story gave the incorrect number of communities in the red in Friday’s report. There are 16. The data that goes into Massachusetts’ town-by-town coronavirus risk map was Friday. The new data accounts for population size, putting just 16 Massachusetts communities in the red category that signifies high risk for…

  • coronavirus Nov 6

    Updated Mass. Town-by-Town Coronavirus Risk Map Delayed Until Friday

    Massachusetts’ latest town-by-town COVID-19 risk assessment map won’t be released at its regular time on Thursday afternoon with the weekly community-level data on the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Public Health said. The department said in a tweet Thursday afternoon that the data the map is based on will be published instead on Friday. It didn’t say why the...

  • coronavirus Oct 30

    Town-by-Town COVID Data in Massachusetts: 121 Communities Now at High Risk

    More than one-third of the cities and towns in Massachusetts now stand in the Department of Public Health’s highest risk designation for COVID-19, while the statewide incidence rate increased again in the latest weekly report. The state’s color-coded system counts 121 municipalities in the red, representing an average daily incidence rate of 8 cases per 100,000 or higher over the…

  • coronavirus Oct 30

    COVID Risk Map: Over 1/3 of Mass. Communities in Red, New Data on Clusters

    Massachusetts’ latest weekly community-level data on the coronavirus pandemic, including the updated town-by-town COVID-19 risk assessment map, shows vast swaths of red as 121 communities are now considered at the highest risk for transmitting the virus, an increase of 44 from last week. That means more than one-third of the state’s 351 communities are in the map’s red zone. Fifty-four…

  • coronavirus Oct 29

    Mass. to Release Updated Coronavirus Risk Map; New Details on Clusters Expected

    UPDATE: See the new risk map here. Massachusetts’ latest weekly community-level data on the coronavirus pandemic is expected to be released Thursday afternoon, including an updated town-by-town risk assessment map. Last week’s report from the state Department of Public Health was revamped to include data on isolated outbreaks, requiring its release to be moved back from Wednesdays to Thursdays....

  • coronavirus Oct 23

    These 5 Numbers Illustrate the Rise of Coronavirus Cases in Massachusetts

    Health experts are expressing concern about the rising number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts as more towns and cities enter the state’s “red zone” of high-risk communities. On Thursday, health officials added nearly two dozen communities to the list of high-risk towns, impacting their ability to participate in Phase 3, Step 2 of the state’s reopening plan. Here are five…

  • coronavirus Oct 23

    Revamped Coronavirus Risk Map: Mass. Up to 77 Communities in the Red

    Massachusetts’ latest weekly community-level data on the coronavirus pandemic, including the updated town-by-town risk assessment map, shows 77 communities considered at the highest risk for transmitting COVID-19, an increase of 14 from last week. This week’s report from the Department of Public Health was revamped to include data on isolated outbreaks, requiring its release to be moved back from Wednesdays…

  • Massachusetts Oct 23

    New Details Shown in State's COVID-19 Risk Map

    This week’s report from the Department of Public Health was revamped to include data on isolated outbreaks, requiring its release to be moved back from Wednesdays to Thursdays. This is the first week of the new version.

  • Massachusetts Oct 22

    Mass. Up to 77 Communities in the Red

    Massachusetts’ latest weekly community-level data on the coronavirus pandemic, including the updated town-by-town risk assessment map, shows 77 communities considered at the highest risk for transmitting COVID-19, an increase of 14 from last week.

  • Massachusetts Oct 20

    Updates Coming to Massachusetts' COVID-19 Stoplight Metric

    Massachusetts public health officials are planning updates to the stoplight metric that measures community COVID-19 transmission risks, incorporating examples where cases at colleges, nursing homes, or jails may push an entire community into the red category and affect decisions about in-person learning, according to the state education commissioner. “We’ve seen how those places can skew a city’s or town’s...

  • coronavirus Oct 20

    Hot-Spot Communities Get COVID Push Alerts

    People who live in or near some Massachusetts communities at high risk for COVID-19 transmission were getting alerts on their phones Monday afternoon reminding them about coronavirus safety rules.

  • coronavirus Oct 15

    Massachusetts High-Risk COVID Communities Jump 58%; Statewide Average in Red

    The number of Massachusetts communities now in the highest-risk category on the state’s COVID-19 risk map has increased by 58%, according to new data released Wednesday. The number of Massachusetts cities and towns that are considered at high risk for transmission of the coronavirus has grown to 63 from 40 in just one week, according to the state Department of…

  • coronavirus Oct 15

    Coronavirus Risk Map: Mass. Average in Red Zone, Along With 63 Cities and Towns

    Massachusetts’ latest weekly data on the coronavirus pandemic, including the updated community-level risk assessment map, shows 63 communities considered at the highest risk for transmitting COVID-19, a new high and an increase of 23 since last week. For the first time since introducing the map, the commonwealth itself has climbed into the highest risk level. The data, from the Department…

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